- Turn back these dandelion clocks: A worthwhile read for media relations types looks at how Barbara Walters's career ends just as big shifts have happened in media interviews, teevee and social media.“If you’ve got a big enough story, you can give it to The Poughkeepsie Journal, and it will get picked up everywhere.” And PR Newser weighs in on that pivotal moment when social media changed entertainment news: Tom Cruise's couch jump. Smart perspectives.
- The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind: Nieman Lab's analysis of the leaked New York Times report on its digital innovation progress (or not) is worth studying. The Lab also has the details on the mix of immediacy v. importance for choosing what gets on the NYTimes.com homepage.
- Unweeded: A study shows that most questions posed by users on the Facebook pages of brands go unanswered. Nice job on the customer service there, kids.
- Let 5 billion flowers bloom: Why is Pinterest suddenly worth $5 billion? shares updates on user demographics and the site's strategy.
- Get flowers for this assistant: Ever wish your assistant would gather up all the things that interest you and send them in an email once a week (or day)? IFTTT (If This, Then That) has a new automation tool that lets you set up triggers for content to be sent to you in a daily or weekly email digest. Lots of potential, this one.
- A tiny number of viable seeds: Of the 1 million apps available in the Apple and Google app stores, just 1,000 have 50,000 or more users.
- Picture a weed-free garden: Google+ rolled out Stories and Movies, two new functions that make it easy for you to collect, curate and share photos--say, pics from a conference, a big event, or your last trip.
- Weeding the garden plot? Here's some innovative research on what newsroom spaces tell us about the future of digital journalism. Mine this for clues to your media relations efforts, going forward.
- Not a seed saver: DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn't track you, rolled out image and video search.
- Where have all the flowers gone? Shutterstock, the stock photography site (and source of many a weekend read picture) now offers music for licensing. But then, you could just work with the free music in YouTube's audio library for your videos.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Twitter. No need to uproot yourself to get smarter by Monday:
Just a short time left to register for the June 19 session of Be an Expert on Working with Experts, my workshop for communications pros who work with subject-matter experts, physicians, scientists and engineers. It's a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity. Are you in?
I don't need to pick the petals off in a love-you-love-you-not game. Love that you're here again on a Friday! Thanks for reading.